Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz eye Wayne County property for potential music campus

August 09, 2019 05:39 PM

MACEDON, N.Y. (AP) -- Do you believe in miracles?

One of the most famous singers in the world wants to come to Macedon.


Alicia Keys has won 15 Grammys. She's performed at the Super Bowl. And now, she and her husband - music producer Kasseem Dean otherwise known as Swizz Beatz, want to turn the old Exxon Mobil research plant on Route 31 in Macedon into a music and arts center.

Their lawyer made the pitch to the Macedon Town Board Thursday night. 

"Yeah there was a wow factor," said Scott Allen, Macedon town engineer.

Allen was at the meeting and was the town official talked to News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berekly Brean on Friday. 

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "Why do you think they picked this site?"

Scott Allen, Macedon town engineer: "That's the million-dollar question. Why Macedon? Why this week? I really can't answer it other than to say it's a unique site, it's a large campus, a lot of square footage here and I think it's probably a good value for the dollar."

According to the plans that the couple's lawyer shared with the town Thursday, which we have, the Deans want to turn the main building into classrooms a cafeteria and some offices. They want to turn the former factory space on top of another hill into a gym and training facility for musicians and artists and maybe some dorms. And then the barn at the back end of the property, they want to turn that into a gallery for their collection photography and art.

Click here to learn more about the Dean Collection.

"For years we've been stagnant and it is what it is. And this will create such a bus that I think it will definitely bring a lot more to the community and more to offer as well," said Gabriel Petsios, owner of Macedon Hills Family Restaurant.

Petsios was at the board meeting.

Berkeley: "This is one of the biggest performers in the world looking at a property that is out here in Wayne county. Do you believe this?"
Gabriel Petsios, Macedon Hills Family Restaurant: "I still can't believe it. I'm still kind of in the twilight zone. It's hard to believe."

News10NBC reached out to the Deans on Twitter. 

In a direct message they thanked me for asking about this but said right now, they have no comment.

The big date is Monday, Aug. 19. 

That's when the Macedon Town Planning Board meets.

And we will be there.


Berkeley Brean

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